We are expecting more Crazy Bars in October. Thank you for your patience.
"A few trips ago I couldn’t imagine riding a bike without road handlebars. But after 4000km+ on the Crazy Bars, I have zero intention of switching back." Find the full review of our Crazy Bars on CyclingAbout here.
These bars are intended for touring on paved and unpaved roads, single and double track, gravel and crushed limestone, and everything in between. The main, swept back section provides good control on rough and tumble surfaces, while the the bullhorn section offers a streamlined position for smoother roads and headwinds. The center portion replicates the top of a drop bar, and placing your hands at the junctions is not unlike riding on the hoods.
The main bar uses a 22.2mm grip area so MTB grips, levers, and shifters fit. The "horns" are 23.8mm, so road components such as inverse brake levers and bar-end shifters are compatible. Stem clamp area is 31.8mm.
Crazy Bars are made from 6061 aluminum and are heat treated. Weight is pretty reasonable at around 470g. MTB-rated and available in sand-blasted Silver and Noir.
- Stem Clamp: 31.8mm
- Grip (sweeps): 22.2mm
- Grip (extensions): 23.8mm
- Sweep: 45 deg
- Weight: 450g
- Width: 666mm
- Horn Width: 400mm
Note: Oversize charges may apply when this item is shipped outside the contiguous US (e.g., Alaska, Hawaii, international, and military addresses). Free shipping discount may not apply. We will notify you of shipping charges prior to shipping.
I love the multiple hand positions! Lots of places to put hands makes it easy to shake things up, position-wise, while riding. Solidly constructed and perfect width at the front prongs AND backswept grips.
After a 3 month wait while this item was on back order, I just changed out drop bars for these Crazy Bars on a Salsa touring bike. As an aging adventurer, I needed a change that would allow me to keep riding dirt, trail and road for at least a while longer. There are more options for hand positions than any flat bar or drop bar I’ve used before which aided in my overall comfort as well as my control of the bike on a variety of terrain. Yes they look weird. But if you can get past that, I would recommend these handlebars.
I haven't tried other bars with swept back gripping areas (e.g., Jones H bars), but I love these bars! I rode across the country with a torn rotator cuff using the Crazy Bars. I can't ride anymore at all with drop bars, and even straight bars cause the shoulder to twist, so these bars were the answer. They put your shoulders and hands in a more natural, neutral position. And there's plenty of room to mount things like water bottle cages, etc. on a long tour.
Of the seemingly endless varieties of handlebars out there, this bar is just what I needed and what the masses want. The latter fact is obvious due to how quickly they sell out! The hand positions are great, and have made my commuter/bikepacking rig into a bike I want to ride more often. If you’re waiting for this bar to come back into stock, have patience, it’s worth it! Also, the bullhorn sections are best covered with road bike tape as they’re a little wide for mtb grips.
Switched to the Crazy Bar from a more traditional wide and flat handlebar; the change did require a slightly longer and taller stem (added 20mm in length, and +17 to replace the previous +7 degree stem).
The swept-back bar is very comfortable and controllable. It seems the Crazy Bar provides less leverage over the steering, meaning a bit more effort on chunky downhills. However, the sweeps also shift my center of gravity further back -- this means pushing the front end over rough terrain and rocks is a bit easier than with the flat bar.
The horns are very comfortable as well, and I can comfortably reach from the sweeps all the way to the front of the horns. The horns provide two or three different positions -- it is possible to ride way out on the flared ends with my back flat (almost like full aero bars), or I can grab in the center of the horns, which is more comparable to drop-bar hoods. My favorite position is actually hovering over the junction between the flat bar and horns -- the hands are very well supported in this position.
All in all, the goal of switching to the Crazy Bar was to make longer rides on the mountain bike more comfortable, and it has been a major success. I am just as comfortable climbing and descending on single-track as before, but now with a more relaxed swept-back position, and the additional aero positions for flatter and easier trails. You might keep your flat bar for downhill and enduro riding, but anything else, the Crazy Bar is worth a try.